The news is out and it says that UCLA has fired its head coach Ben Howland. As a result, the Bruins are going to have to replace Howland, but who is capable of taking over the job? Let’s take a look at some possible candidates.
Mid-major coaches always seem to come up when a head coaching job opens up at a big time school, like VCU‘s Shaka Smart or Butler‘s Brad Stevens, but every time those rumors start floating around both coaches say that they are happy where they are at.
What if one of those coaches was actually offered a head coaching job at the UCLA though? That would be pretty hard to pass up, considering that the school would pay out a boat load of money and UCLA is one of the most storied college basketball programs ever.
Minnesota‘s Tubby Smith is now on the market, but who knows where he will end up or if he will even get a job right away.
There is always Gonzaga‘s Mark Few. However, he has been great with the Bulldogs and it would be very hard to see him going anywhere.
There are plenty of rumors out there about UCLA possibly pursuing North Carolina State‘s head coach Mark Gotffried, but that would cost the school quite a bit of money, but that stuff grows on trees, so why worry about that.
Whoever does get hired by UCLA will have some big shoes to fill. Howland took the Bruins to three Final Fours in the 10 years that he coached for the team and that was still not good enough. UCLA clearly has some high standards, so it will likely be a long pursuit before the school finds its new basketball coach.
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